Essay on Leadership Is Not Magnetic Personality

1145 Words Nov 15th, 2016 5 Pages
Leadership is not magnetic personality. It is not making “friends and influencing people” –that is salesmanship. Leadership is the lifting of a man’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a man’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a man’s personality beyond its normal limitations. Nothing better prepares the ground for such leadership than a spirit of management that confirms in the day-to-day practices of the organization strict principles of conduct and responsibility, high standards of performance, and respect for the individual and his work. (Peter F. Drucker, The Practice of Management.) Most leaders are not born with special qualities, but learn leadership. Industry and commerce leaders fall into this category. Typically, leaders start out in junior positions and learn the skills of leadership as they progress.
Throughout history there have been remarkable leaders, who seem to have had charisma – the ability to inspire followers with devotion and enthusiasm. To the followers they were heroes and heroines. Some examples that come to mind are Mahatma Ghandi (1869-1948) the Indian nationalist leader trained as a lawyer and having spent 20 years in South Africa fighting for better treatment of Indians there. He later returned to his native country. Nelson Mandela (born 1918) was also a lawyer, and the son of a tribal chief. He became South Africa’s first non-white president despite having been imprisoned for sabotage and treason from 1964 to…

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